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Orval Trappist Ale - Brasserie d'Orval S.A.

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Orval Trappist AleOrval Trappist Ale

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4,175 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,175
Reviews: 2,103
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 184
Gots: 327 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Orval S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is 6.2% when released in Europe, US labels say 6.9% due to labeling laws.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of vrazionale


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The signature 11.2 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled on 13/11/2008.

A - Pours a thick (3 finger!) creamy white head that backs down to a thin layer across the top of the brew. Body is a slightly ruddy hazy brown color.

S - Horseblanket funk, tart citrus fruit, sage, mushrooms, sea salt minerality, old wood, musty basement. Funky notes step up the most here. I find it difficult to qualify the nose to the extent that it deserves, but suffice it to say that it's beautiful and enticing and unique.

T - Crisp and tart with a well-crafted balance between hoppy pungency and funky yeast action. Mushroomy, musty, herbal, and dirty (in a good way). Completely unique flavor profile. So incredibly refreshing.

M - Good carbonation that acts as a palate cleanser for the next delicious sip. Doesn't feel at all heavy, even considering the indescribably complex flavor profile.

D - What a remarkable brew! I love the musty, dank, minerally flavors here. This brew would pair so well with food (cheese especially!) - ceviche, an aged natural-rind goat's milk cheese, or fried fish tacos. My very first Orval, but certainly not my last!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 23:01:38 | More by vrazionale
Photo of nezelrac

New York

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from 11.2oz bottle into tulip; bottled 22/04/10

A - medium orange with reddish highlights; slight haze; big, fluffy, craggy head rises from a gentle pour and lasts; thick rings and lacing all the way down

S - lemon rind, lime zest, yeast, hints of clove, juniper, coriander; simply captivating

T - sour and brett-y up front; lemon rind; hints of shortbread; always seems to be hiding something and revealing a fleeting glimpse of something else; the brett is evident throughout without being overbearing; excellent length - just keeps going!

M - high CO2 leaves a fizzy/almost prickly impression; medium-full on entry, then lightens through the mid-palate and gains through the back end

O - the sum is greater than the parts; truly a classic

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:17:41 | More by nezelrac
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-26-2013 00:35:27 | More by micko323
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-30-2013 04:05:37 | More by WallingBrew
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - gorgeous hazy nut brown with FOUR!!! fingers of outrageously thick off white head. Incredible retention and the most sticky lace I have ever seen.

Smell - light hop profile, doughy yeast, pale malt, aggressive phenols

Taste - surprisingly strong hop presence, very IPA-like, sweet malt, champagne esque like tartness, strong bitter finish. Water tasted a bit heavy, a little tinny

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied, very effervescent, thin feeling

Drinkability - very light and drinkable, one could easily have several of these. I would have liked to have had more of a malt presence and some more yeast as well. I was so excited to try this brew and while excellent I'm still left a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 07:35:55 | More by Snamnoum
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, can't believe this is my first Orval. What was I thinking? This is superb! Pours a massive head, this beer has a beautiful reddish hue. Aroma is distinctly fruity, pear and apple are evident and this is also true in the taste. This is a beautifully balanced beer with sufficient bitterness to offset the great savory flavors--something that I appreciate greatly. It also really has its own footprint, I've tasted nothing else exactly like this. The mouthfeel? What can you say, I want to swirl this around for a while. This beer is just plain decadent.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 07:30:42 | More by appenzeller
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-03-2013 15:27:48 | More by mitlinks
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-03-2013 12:46:42 | More by themilkman87
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-06-2014 22:46:22 | More by treznor
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-01-2014 20:04:06 | More by emalc
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-05-2012 21:43:49 | More by vegasmac99
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-06-2014 22:13:09 | More by MichaelBigbone
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-07-2014 14:43:55 | More by jayneo74
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-21-2014 08:09:29 | More by Synapstic
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Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a great sparkling copper color. The best part of this beer stopped there for me. I just did not like it. It tasted like a farm smells (if that makes sense). Something just does not taste right with this one. An unusual taste that I could not really figure out. Bitter but not in a good way. Like paint thinner would probably taste. I am sure I may stand alone on this one but I will not be trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2002 10:26:28 | More by Jdiddy
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-18-2014 00:37:02 | More by BradC
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-19-2013 13:16:29 | More by juliendesrochers
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4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my second tasting of a true trappist ale. I purchased it retail in the ubiquitous 12 oz. vase-like brown bottle.

A: Pours a red honey color with a slight misty haze. The head on this beer is absolutely monsterous. Big, big head that's as dense as a Frisco fog. It took me two pours to get all of it into a 64 ounce mug.

S: Citrus and meadow. Smells like springtime just after an afternoon rain.

T: Crisp and dry with apple and plum undertones. A bit of a hopsy grass flavor on the backend. Not sweet, exceptionally dry. The flavor notes are enjoyed immensely as you breathe between the draughts.

M: Medium-Light bodied. The carbonation is smooth. Fruit notes up front, dry hops bite in the middle, finishes dry with the vapors of the fruits trailing happily behind.

D: I wish I could live on a beer like this. Perfection in a bottle for warm spring and summer days.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:01:14 | More by Aiptasia
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-10-2012 23:42:09 | More by JacobMutberg
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Belgian goblet.
Appearance: Beautiful golden amber, great flow, 1/4" head with no lacing.
Smell: Light malt sweetness, strong pear smell with weak citrus notes. Maybe a little white grape as well.
Mouthfeel: Quite frothy and very light. I was expecting a thicker viscosity.
Taste: Pretty good, not the best Trappist as of yet. Yeasty flavor, citrus, pear, grape, and light alcohol.
Overall: Decent light Belgium. The carbonation takes away from the taste and feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 17:56:28 | More by julian89
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-06-2012 16:43:37 | More by mfgreene
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-19-2013 00:28:40 | More by Chrash16
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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

05-26-2012 16:52:49 | More by s4s
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-03-2012 22:19:47 | More by HollandTunnels
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

04-09-2013 16:12:17 | More by Saviorself
Orval Trappist Ale from Brasserie d'Orval S.A.
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